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I will be discussing the History of the most iconic seankers in fashion culture, The Air Jordans!!!!

 

Air Jordan IV

Year released: 1989
Price: $100
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: White/Cement, Black/Cement, Military Blue, Fire Red, Lightning, Thunder, UNDFTD
First Retroed: 1999

Tinker was back and he transitioned the III to Jordan IV perfectly—once again incorporating the “Visible Air” in the midsole, classic Bulls colorways, and nubuck material for a clean but rugged look. When you Google “The Shot,” typically the first image you will come across is MJ’s iconic bucket against the Cavs in the ’89 Playoffs. In the fifth and final game of the first round (they only played five back then, kids) Jordan hit the game-winner on the road over Craig Ehlo, finishing with 44 points and one of his most memorable clutch shots. To make matters worse, if you watch the video it looks like MJ kicks Ehlo and knocks him down during his celebration.

Outside of the NBA, Spike Lee once again helped bring notoriety to the shoe in pop culture during a memorable scene of  Do The Right Thing where Buggin’ Out gets his white and cement pair stomped on by a white dude in Bed-Stuy rocking a Bird jersey. It was obvious that people outside of Chicago were donning Jordans no matter who their favorite squad was, proving Mike’s status as the face of the league and sneaker game. And we have to name-drop the UNDFTD x Air Jordan IV collabeasily the greatest non-OG colorway, and that’s saying a lot. 

Air Jordan V

Air Jordan V

Year released: 1990
Price: $125
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: White/Fire Red-Black, White/Black-Fire Red, Black/Metallic Silver, Grape, Laney, Raging Bull Pack
First Retroed: 2000

The Jordan V took only a few elements from the first four Jordans and that’s how Tinker Hatfield wanted it. He was inspired by the World War II Mustang fighter plane, which is most evident when it comes to the “teeth” on the front of the midsole. Hatfield thought of Jordan’s game to be one of the same with how an airplane strikes: “Floating around the edges of the game and coming out of nowhere to attack.” MJ did just that, dropping a career-high 69 points versus the—wait for it—Cavaliers. Jordan was obviously a rising star and the reflective thick tongue was in direct response to his success, adding a reflective material for the camera flashes.

The Air Jordan V also catered to off-the-court colorway demands by introducing the “Grape” colorway that still rates as one of the best Jordans of all-time even though he didn’t even rock them on the court. Will Smith rocking them on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might have been just as vital to the movement, bringing further attention to a sneaker line that already had massive popularity. Years later JB kept pumping out soon-to-be classics with the Laneys during the initial wave of retro releases in 2000 and the “Raging Bull Pack” in 2009.

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VI

Year released: 1990
Price: $125
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: White/Infrared, Black/Infrared, Carmine, Olympic, Defining Moments
First Retroed: 2000

The Jordan II was luxury and the Jordan VI was inspired by MJ’s personal luxury. Aside from the heel tab that was designed after Michael Jordan’s Porsche, this Jordan makeup was more of a Tinker Hatfield showcase including something from most of his designs—translucent soles, “Visible Air” in the sole, and it wouldn’t be a Jordan without new additions like the two-hole pull on the tongue which allowed for an easier entry of the foot borrowed by many kicks since.

The Jordan VI again was just as important off-the-court as it was on the hardwood—it popped up in various television shows and also made its way to the big screen. Even today it’s a staple in your favorite rapper’s sneaker rotation, especially Yeezus. With rumors about the classic “Carmine” colorway coming back in 2014, it doesn’t look like the Jordan VI is going to fade from sneaker culture anytime soon.

In ’91 the Magic versus Jordan hype trumped anything going on in the league today, even without social media. Jordan finally led the Bulls past the Bad Boys of Auburn Hills for a match-up against the Lakers in the NBA Finals. MJ suffered an injury to his foot in the second game of the series. When asked if he wanted a special shoe to help protect the injury or his usual VIs—Michael simply responded to the training staff, “give me the pain.” MJ took the Lake Show down in five games, making it clear he wore the crown in the NBA.

 

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